Homemade Grandparent Gifts [Little Brian Paint Sticks]


Every year I make an effort to make a handmade gift for the girl's grandparents. I do find it extremely hard to find gifts for them that I know they will like and use, and I know that they much prefer something that the girls have made and put lots of time, thought and effort into. I was recently sent some paint sticks by Little Brian, some of the fabric paints to be precise and that's when I just knew what I was going to do for grandparents gifts!

We are all aware that you now have to pay for carrier bags, which does become pricey if you forget your own, with that in mind I started to look for some plain cotton shopping bags, I found some on eBay and they were priced pretty reasonably, at 10 for £9.99. Making them just shy of £1 a bag. Emily is a really big fan of drawings, and writing at the moment - and she has a little talent, and I knew that she would absolutely love making these bags.


Emily was actually gifted some of these for her birthday last year and absolutely loves them - so much so they are actually on her Christmas list. They are mess free and look a little bit like glue sticks. They are incredibly easy to hold, making them perfect for Isabelle's age group too. You don't even need water!

Emily confidently drew onto the bags, creating her little works of art. Isabelle, however, needed a little bit of persuading, as she wasn't quite sure about drawing on the material - which I can't really blame her. I was really impressed with how they turned out, and think that the grandparents will love them. 


Once you have finished your creation you simply iron the opposite side of the material, or you can use a hair dryer to dry the paint directly. I did try both ways, but I found that the paint dried much faster by using the hair dryer. Once the paints have been dried, the material is absolutely fine to stick in the washing machine on a 40 wash. 

I really recommend the fabric paints, they have turned a simple shopping bag into such a lovely Christmas present that I know Emily's grandparents are going to love. I found them to be much cheaper than other fabric paints on the market, with a RRP of £12.99.

8 comments

  1. We have these and love them. My kids live painted the branches in our garden with them

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  2. These sound great and something I reckon my bunch would really make use out of, too!

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  3. Oh what a lovely idea to make grandparents some homemade gifts. I'll definitely check out these paint sticks.

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  5. these look great. I will look in to these for little J to make Christmas gifts for his grandparents

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  6. Oh this is such a sweet idea! These fabric paints look awesome, I am going to get some. Kaz

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  7. Oh how adorable are these! Love that the kits come with everything needed - I bet it's a lot of fun for the kids to make!

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  8. Such a great price too, for something so memorable.. it’s beats a bought present anyway !!

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